Core i5: First Asus motherboard with socket 1160 pictured
In order to unveil the most important secrets at the Cebit 2009 as soon as possible, we already are on the site at Hannover although the trade fair did not open its gates yet. Asus displays the first socket 1160 for Intel's new middle-class CPU, which will probably go by the name Core i5.
The P7U and the P7U Pro both have a socket 1160. Unlike Intel's current top CPUs of the Core i7 series (socket 1366), the socket 1160 CPUs don't offer a Triple Channel interface, but Dual Channel only. Thus both boards have four DDR3 memory slots. According to the official specs 16 GiByte DDR3-1333 are supported. Furthermore the Asus motherboards are equipped with a new Intel chipset of the 5er generation, which is a single chip design. Both boards, the P7U and P7U Pro, are supposed to have very good overclocking capabilities. Furthermore Asus integrated the OC tool Turbo V, the micro operating system Express Gate and the power saving technology EPU. The most important difference between the two versions: Only the P7U Pro has two graphics slots.
Like the socket 775 and the socket 1366, the socket 1160 has build-in pins. The locking mechanism adjusted: The retention plate is pushed beneath a screw before it is locked with a lever. If this system like be revised before the motherboards are released, has to be decided on yet, since currently there is no information when the new Intel processors, which are commonly refered to as Core i5, are released.
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